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Timothy Pinkston elected ACM Senior Member


May 11, 2009 —

Timothy Pinkston was recently elected to the rank of Senior Member by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The criteria for advancement to this rank are: technical leadership (including research and education); technical contributions (including publications and textbooks); and professional contributions (service).

Timothy, a Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Computer Engineering Division, joined USC in 1993 after receiving his Ph.D. and Master’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his B.S.E.E. from The Ohio State University. From January 2006 through December 2008, he was on leave to serve as a Program Director in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he directed research funding in the Computer Systems Architecture area and led CISE’s flagship Expeditions in Computing program. Prior to going to NSF, he served as the Director of the Computer Engineering Division and also served as Chair of the Engineering Faculty Council of the Viterbi School of Engineering.

His research interests are in the areas of computer system architecture and communication architectures for distributed and parallel processing systems, including multicore and multiprocessor systems. He is known for his contributions to the design and analysis of interconnection networks and routing algorithms, having published over 100 technical articles and book chapters on related topics, including a book chapter entitled "Interconnection Networks" in the 4th edition of Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach. He has served in leadership roles in many of the top conferences in the field including the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, the International Conference on High Performance Computer Architecture, the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, and the International Symposium on High Performance Computing. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE.

This is an excellent recognition of his accomplishments in research, teaching, and service in the computer engineering field.

By: Alexander A. Sawchuk, Chair and Professor, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems